A programme of ecosystem creation is established across the site. Habitat areas include salt marsh, wetland, woody forest and tree stands.
A network of paths and trails around the site connect the various areas of the park and provide for people of all ages and abilities to move with ease around the site.
A grand avenue is established along the east-west axis, connecting the path from edge to edge.
At the eastern end will be an elevated lookout which provides visual connections to the harbour and horizon.
At the western end will be a corresponding lookout that showcases views across the Hatea River to the Waka and Wave sculpture on the opposite shore.
A feature of the spine path is a new bridge that rises up and over the road at the eastern end of the park, giving pedestrians priority and creating a means of activating the eastern edge of the park.
The spine path is a key spatial device to connect and distribute park visitors around the site via a series of transitions and nodes. These include:
The focus of the Marine Hub is to continue to bring together water related activities into a concentrated hub, in a way that allows both marine hub users and members of the public to interact and enjoy land/water activities.
A key new feature of this area is the pontoon and observation deck which will allow closer interaction with the river.
A place of informal recreation activities focused around play, picnicking, youth activities and informal events. This area will become a key family gathering space.
Strategically located at the intersection of the main road entrance and spine path, this is a place for visitors to meet up and distribute to the various destinations around the site.
Building on the existing focus of this area for cycling related activities, the bike hub will offer a diverse range of biking experiences centred around a multi-purpose community gathering space.
The pump track, circuit track and asphalted areas at Bike Northland's Bike Hub have been completed recently and are now open for people who can't wait for the grand opening next year to enjoy right now.
There is still more to come. A learn to ride area on the asphalt around the building, and beginner skills area, more toilets and the building gets a facelift. The remaining developments will be completed later this year as funding becomes available.